Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2:15

King James AV1611


By Dr. James Modlish
(These outlines are in rough draft format)

Outline Sixteen

The Law of Sin
(Romans 7:9-25)



Paul, in these verses, presents one of the great struggles of the ages—the fight to do right versus the presence of evil. Notice verse 21 says a law, not the law. The law is well defined in verses 8,9,12,14. This is then another law which is defined as a law or the law of sin. Vs. 23,25

Now there are certain laws in the universe that are in operation which are irreversible except by Divine intervention:
Gravity, hot and cold effects, sowing and reaping, aging, death, action/reaction, never wear white shoes after Labor Day! But here is another one: “When I would do good, evil is present with me.”
Obviously, the good being discussed has to do with spiritual activity, not necessarily heading the committee to build the park.

I. Salvation – vs.21

A. When pondering it, evil intensifies and often wins evil memories, evil desires and evil ambitions often rule the desire to do right.
B. After salvation – Galatians 5:16-21

II. Surrender

After salvation, issues to surrender to right and good come before us. Simple things like church attendance, Bible reading, prayer, giving, treating others with kindness are all met with great temptations from the law of evil. Evil will do anything to keep you from doing good, and this includes family gatherings, work schedules and other interests.

III. Standing

After surrender and one makes a stand, demonstrating his position, evil steps up the pace!

A. Moses – slew the Egyptian (which was wrong) because he wanted to do right (protect a slave). Exodus 2:11
B. Joseph – the story of Potiphar’s wife
C. David – the grace shown to Mephibosheth was followed by the incident with Bathsheba.
D. Solomon – built the Temple, but marries the wrong women
E. Peter – tried to stay close to the Lord, but cursed and lied.

When you stand for righteousness and truth, you will get kicked in the teeth.

IV. Why is it so?

You live in a world that is controlled by Satan and He is the god of this world. To ‘do good’ is to go against the current.

V. Is it worth it?

Only you can focus on the future. Hebrews 11:16

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